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Radiation in Your Children’s Water

April 4, 2011
Radiation now pollutes the drinking water in Tokyo, far from the scene of the ruined power plants. Could that happen in the United States, with our 104 active nuclear power plants, the most of any nation in the world? In fact, it’s already happened, and goes on still, not the outcome of a unique...

Ensuring a Future for My Children

April 4, 2011
( My father, Diego Batista, at one of his favorite fishing spots in Key West, Florida. ) I consider myself to be an optimistic person. I did score a 90 out of 100 in an online happiness survey. As I often joke with friends, it’s the Puerto Rican in me. Did you know that Puerto Rico consistently...
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Some cosmetics companies treat every day like April Fool's Day

April 1, 2011
When we were 12 and 13 years old my girlfriends and I would often troll the cosmetics aisle of our local drugstore looking for new and exciting products to buy with our allowance money. Being a green-minded person even then, I reached for cosmetics I thought were natural, like Aveeno, Herbal...

Healthy Food Procurement Policies Stress Prevention on National, State, and Local Levels

March 24, 2011
The United States Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations . This strategy of prevention coincides with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to create a generation of healthier children in...
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Oil Spills Happen All the Time, It's Time We Started Paying Attention

March 23, 2011
As we learned from the BP oil disaster, the full cost of an oil spill is more than the price of some boom and a good PR person. It also includes lost income from local fishermen, health care for children who inhale dispersants, and long term testing of both marine life and human life. Oil spills happen in the Gulf of Mexico all the time, but it isn’t everyday that people pay attention. It’s time we start. It’s time we stop having to react to environmental disasters. It’s time we start building a more sustainable economy, creating a safer energy industry, and protecting what we have left while there’s still time.
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The Oil Is Not Gone. The Gulf Coast Needs Your Help.

March 17, 2011
Our Waterkeepers are on the front lines of the BP oil disaster. They are the fishermen, the community members, the people of the Gulf coast who were here before the oil and will be here after all the attention goes away. The oil is not gone. The Gulf coast needs your help.
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Together, we can defeat cancer.

February 22, 2011
Cancer may seem like a huge monster that we can’t do anything about. This year, we have a way to get that monster out from the under bed. In its annual report to the President last year, the President’s Cancer Panel confirmed that exposure to toxic chemicals is an important but under-recognized...
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Your Questions Answered: What CA Parents Need to Know about Secure Health Coverage for Kids (Before March 1st!)

February 19, 2011
For the first time in history, every child in California is now eligible for health coverage. New insurance protections may make it easier for parents with uninsured children with pre-existing conditions get affordable coverage. But parents need to act right away – by March 1st – to lock in lower...
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Protect Illinois' Littlest Constituents!

February 18, 2011
Low on cleaning supplies, and short on time, I dashed into the super market the other day hoping to stock up on a few scrubs and sprays. If only it were that simple. After sifting through an alphabet soup of toxic chemicals and reading encyclopedic amounts of text just to get a sink cleaner, I came...
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GeoGirls at Walmart: Just What A Girl (Doesn't) Need?

February 10, 2011
Grappling over how best to teach your 8-year old daughter environmental stewardship? Wonder no more! Walmart has announced a new line of “green” cosmetics targeted to tween girls. It’s called “GeoGirls” and the megastore is gearing up to line its shelves with the product in mere days. I say: just...

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